When Praneet Akilla read the role of Philip Mishra for the new Netflix series October Faction, he was impressed with something that didn’t appear in the character.
“For me, as an actor of colour, I think they could have easily incorporated his ethnicity as part of the storyline,” says the 27-year-old Mumbai-born, Calgary-raised actor. “But I’m glad we’re moving to a place that, when I read the script, being South Asian had nothing to do with the character arc at all other than having a South Asian last name. So that was refreshing compared to a lot of the parts I read for.”
It’s not that Philip didn’t have enough complexities for an actor to embrace. October Faction, which was shot in Toronto and Cambridge, Ont., and begins streaming on Netflix Jan. 23, is a horror-comedy about retired monster hunters Fred and Deloris Allen (Tamara Tayler and J.C. MacKenzie), who take their teenage children to Fred’s hometown after the death of his father only to discover the small town isn’t as peaceful and tranquil as it seems. Among other things, there be monsters there: werewolves, vampires, witches and warlocks.